Clothes and More
Whiskered, faded, ripped. Skinny, boot cut, flare. They’re all at this edgy boutique where labels such as Nudie, APC, and AG share space with more obscure brands from Australia and Japan. And though denim is the raison d’être, there’s a well-culled collection of tops, frocks, and accessories from emerging designers such as Project e, Morphine Generation, and Loomstate. This fall, look for motorcycle vests and trendy poof skirts from McQ, designer Alexander McQueen’s sporty but still pricey line.
1101 S. Joyce St.; 703-414-8202.
Why should a girl limit herself to diamonds? Gemstones such as pink tourmaline, moonstone, and chalcedony pack plenty of bling. Find them along with Swiss blue topaz, chrysoprase, black pearls, and diamonds in modern settings at this design studio/shop where Suzanne and Tom Arnold and daughter Alicia craft rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Alicia Arnold’s wedding rings for men and women are especially striking. Also look for pieces from trendy names including Sonya Ooten, known for her fishnet designs, and Laurie Kaiser, with her delicate yet contemporary jewelry.
4530 Lee Hwy.; 703-527-4247.
Mauro Farinelli was one of the first to bring emerging designers and small labels to Washington, with his eponymous women’s clothing shop in Old Town. Now, almost ten years later, he’s returned to his roots with another store that bears his name. An eclectic mix of under-the-radar designers makes this an appealing stop for male and female fashionistas. Check out piped cardigans from Nice Collective, silk tops by Maloom, girlish blouses from Sea, and cocktail dresses by Vena Cava. Lesser-known labels energize the men’s side: Kicking Mule, Apolis Activism, APC, Rag & Bone, and Fred Perry. Look for Farinelli’s own line to debut soon.
2839 Clarendon Blvd.; 703-647-9856.
Paris Hilton would feel at home amid the strapless minis and plunging maxis here. But while the boutique’s name means “sexy” in Farsi, not everything is skin-baring: A nice collection of filmy off-the-shoulder tops, tunics, and backless halters pair well with jeans. Pari and Tabby Zamani, the twentysomething Persian sisters who own LaVand, scour New York City and Los Angeles for of-the-moment denim, dresses, tops, and accessories for women and rock-inspired T-shirts and sportswear for men. They also carry (and quickly sell out of) Nima NY tees emblazoned with Farsi calligraphy from a young Persian designer.
1301 S. Joyce St.; 703-413-3434.
Lobster-shaped watering cans in the windows give it away: This is prep central, home to clothes more classic than trendy. Look for Vera Bradley bags and accessories in paisleys and floral prints, Lily Pulitzer sheaths, and Vineyard Vines beach caftans and sandals. Not everything is candy-colored. There’s a nice cache of little black cocktail dresses and jeans that hit the navel instead of the bikini line, plus the requisite country-club accessories—pearls, bangles, and enamel hoop earrings. The store stocks a small selection of Vineyard Vines ties and swimwear for men.
4518 Lee Hwy.; 703-524-4680.
Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw at this well-stocked shoe shop where trendy knockoffs won’t mean skipping lunch for a month. Lining the shelves are labels such as Miz Mooz, Frye, Seychelles, and Tom’s Shoes. At the moment, summer’s gladiators have given way to fall’s biker boots, peep toes, and ballet flats. Dangly earrings, bangles, and statement necklaces round out the offerings for women. A small men’s section has such finds as color-blocked sneakers from Gola and funky shoes by John Fluevog.
2727 Wilson Blvd.; 703-243-6490.
The notion of combining a lingerie shop with a bikini-waxing salon is a no-brainer—at least that was the thinking behind this chic boutique in Clarendon run by three sisters. Full of lacy bras, wispy camisoles, and eco-friendly panties, the shop also carries more practical items. We love the cute PJs from Betsy Johnson and foundation garments from Spanx. There’s also a great selection of tape and other stick-on products to keep body parts covered and in place. The waxing menu includes a range of options for both women and men.
2729 Wilson Blvd.; 703-525-3333.